Voters will go to the polls on Thursday, May 22, to choose new members for Sheffield Council, including a new representative in Firth Park ward.
Six candidates are vying to join existing ward members. Coun Sheila Constance and Coun Chris Weldon.
The candidates are:
SAM BENNETT, of Boston Street, Highfield - Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts
The 19-year-old student said: “I am standing as a TUSC candidate to represent people on an anti-cuts, anti-privatisation platform: fighting back against cuts to all public services and attacks on worker’s wages and their rights in the workplace. I will also be campaigning to outlaw zero hours contracts and for the introduction of a decent living wage of £10 per hour. I support the creation of renewable energy sources for a clean and sustainable future. As a TUSC councillor I will oppose all cuts. I think the Bedroom Tax should be scrapped immediately and oppose rent and council tax increases and hikes in service charges. I will also oppose all attempts at privatising more council services such as the Supported Living service because privatisation will have long term consequences of putting profit before people. Labour aren’t Labour anymore. TUSC are real socialists standing up for working class people.”
JUDITH BURKINSHAW, of Sandygate Park, Crosspool - Conservative Party
ALAN LAW, of St Helen Road, Deepcar - Labour
Mr Law said: “Having nowrepresented this ward for more than 20 years, I am keen to continue as your councillor and stand on my record over the last 20 years in the Firth Park community. I am committed to traditional Labour values of fairness and social justice. With the cost of living crisis, wages stagnating, chronic unemployment throughout the region and prices rising phenomenally, Labour values are more important than ever. It has been a privilege to work with the people of Firth Park on these and many more issues, as well as local concerns and, if re-elected, I hope to continue this important work for years to come. I have ongoing dialogue with your local TARAs, friends groups, community groups, working all the time for the benefit of the area. I hold regular surgeries in various sites in the area, and will visit those who are unable to attend a surgery, to help with problems and issues. I am a Governor at Longley College and Longley Primary (now E-ACT Academy) and will continue to work with these and the schools in our area to ensure a quality of education our young people deserve. Road and highways improvements in our area will make major improvements, and I will continue to work with residents to ensure the quality of the work done. With austerity effects biting, I’ll continue to help people, especially working families on low income.”
AMY MACK, of Deerlands Avenue, Parson Cross - Green Party
The secondary school teacher said: “I’m passionate about education, and believe everyone should have free access to high-quality educational opportunities at all levels. Government reforms, including the increasing number of free schools and academy trusts, are putting this principle at risk. Many residents in bigger council houses have been unjustly targeted by the coalition government’s ‘bedroom tax’. Many other benefit cuts including council tax benefit are hitting working families with low paid jobs. Struggling families need more financial support and access to advice. Greens value the locally owned shops and businesses in and around the Firth Park shopping centre. We support measures to protect district shopping centres from the increasing number of supermarkets in the north of the city.”
THOMAS MEAD, of Sicey Avenue, Shiregreen - Liberal Democrat
Mr Mead said: “As a young person I’m proud of the steps Liberal Democrats have taken to boost apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are a great way to help young people into work and the number of young people starting an apprenticeship in Sheffield has increased by more than 50 per cent since 2010. Labour have threatened to scrap thousands of apprenticeships, so it’s clear they cannot be trusted to stand up for young people.”
JOHN TROW, of Willis Road, Hillsborough - UKIP